India – Tigers of Central India Photo Tour 2025
Please note that costs & dates for 2025 are subject to change as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates. Should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees & dates as close to the original.
08 April 2025 – 16 April 2025
Home to arguably the world’s richest cultural landscape, India is of course also famous for its iconic mammalian megafauna, foremost of which is the regal Bengal Tiger.
Our photo tour spends time in both Pench & Bandhavgarh National Park, which is arguably two of the best places to photograph the Royal Bengal Tiger. With Tiger numbers booming in these parks, there will be no shortage of striped beauties.
Our sessions in the park will give participants unbeatable opportunities to capture a diverse portfolio of Tiger images (all the while not forgetting the other resident wildlife), and we invite you to join us on this unforgettable celebration of India’s most iconic mammal!
Why this Photo Tour is for You
Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Chital, Leopard, Asian Elephant, Indian Peafowl
Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi
Today is set aside as an arrival day in New Delhi, and after arrival and having negotiated passport control and collected luggage, you will be met by an ORYX representative directly outside the arrivals hall and transported to your hotel, a short distance from the airport. This evening, you will have the opportunity to discuss your upcoming adventure with your ORYX photo tour leader.
Day 2: Flight Delhi to Nagpur. Road transfer to Pench. PM game drive
This morning we will take a flight (time TBA) to Nagpur. Upon arrival we will transfer to Pench (approximately 3 hours) by road.
Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench river which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh. Recently in 1992, Pench has been included under the umbrella of "Project Tiger" as the 19th Project Tiger Reserve. The Pench National Park is very rich in fauna and a number of endangered species have made it their habitat. There are aroung 55 tigers under this umbrella of the Park. 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians and over 210 varieties of birds have already been listed. In the afternoon we will embark on our first game drive exploring the wonfers of this magnificent National Park.
Day 3 & Day 4: Pench – AM & PM game drives
A total of 758 Sq. kms of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest has its extent mingling with the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is crisscrossed by a number of streams and 'nallahs' most of which are seasonal. Though the Pench River dries up in April end, a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found which serve as water holes for the wild animals. The Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period.
As a prey concentration is high along the Pench River, tiger usually inhabits frequents this belt. Leopard though generally operates in the peripheral areas but are occasionally seen in the deep forest also. Jungle cats are commonly seen. Leopard cats, small Indian civets and palm civets are common but seen rarely. In Pench, Cheetal, Sambar, nilgai are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in search of food anywhere in the Park.
Sloth bear occupy hilly, rocky out crops and favour mahul bel infested forest. Chnkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages. Langurs are very common in Pench, whereas the Rhesus monkeys may be seen occasionally on the fringes.
Day 5: Pench – AM game drive. Road transfer to Bandhavgarh
Today we will venture out into Pench for a final morning’s photography, before making our way to Bandhavgarh National Park by road (approximately 7 hours). Set in the rugged Vindhya hills of central India’s Deccan Plateau, Bandhavgarh National Park protects a rich mosaic of deciduous woodland, bamboo thickets, meadows and marshes. This wonderful reserve contains high concentrations of herbivores such as Spotted Deer, Sambar and Wild Boar, and it is this abundance of prey species in turn that supports one of the healthiest populations of Bengal Tiger. Locating these magnificent cats requires a combination of skill and patience, with a bit of luck thrown in.